Review: Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens

ARSENIC for tea

Arsenic for Tea by Robin Stevens

MG Mystery


Schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are at Daisy’s home, Fallingford, for the holidays. Daisy’s glamorous mother is throwing a tea party for Daisy’s birthday, and the whole family is invited, from eccentric Aunt Saskia to dashing Uncle Felix. But it soon becomes clear that this party isn’t really about Daisy at all. Naturally, Daisy is furious.

Then one of their party falls seriously, mysteriously ill—and everything points to poison.

With wild storms preventing anyone from leaving, or the police from arriving, Fallingford suddenly feels like a very dangerous place to be. Not a single person present is what they seem—and everyone has a secret or two. And when someone very close to Daisy looks suspicious, the Detective Society must do everything they can to reveal the truth… no matter the consequences.

Hey guys!

I feel like it’s been a good while since I posted a review, even though my last one was the first book in this series. If you want to catch that, you can find it here. But today I’m going to be talking about Arsenic for Tea, the second novel in the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries.

I really enjoyed the first book and I was expecting the same level of enjoyment for the second one – but it definitely surpassed my enthusiasm towards the first. I enjoyed this a lot more, and I’m not saying that the first one was bad or anything, I just felt as if Stevens had now fully fleshed out her main characters and their world and she’d really gotten the hang of writing them.

I also loved the plot and setting of this book so much too! I loved how we got to meet Daisy’s strange family and learn more about her history and life before Deepdean. As well as that, it’s very charming and written brilliantly. I totally got an Agatha Christie vibe as I was reading it and I’m so happy that Stevens chose to set these books during the 1930s. It really adds to the atmosphere of the story!

The who-dunnit mystery really keeps you on your toes for the entire book. I was always so unsure of who to assume and in the end I was not expecting who it was. It’s incredible that Stevens can be so talented as to not give the murderer away, in either this book or the one before it. I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something reminiscent of Agatha Christie or even Arthur Conan Doyle. You do not want to be sleeping on Miss Daisy and Hazel!

5 star MAY


Review: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

murder most unladylike

Murder Most Unladylike

by Robin Stevens

MG Mystery

Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

Hey everyone!

Wow, it feels like ages ago when I read this book so it really shows me how much I need to catch up on my reviews!

But today I’m going to be talking about the first in the Wells & Wong series – Murder Most Unladylike. I’ve had this book (as well as the sequel) for so long now that it was only fair I eventually got around to it. I don’t know why I put it off for so long – I knew from its premise and the hype around it that it would be right up my street.

And right up my street it definitely was! I loved this book so much. It was fun and although the writing was simple it didn’t take away from my enjoyment! I loved Hazel as a protagonist and, although she got on my nerves at times, I grew to love Daisy too. I wasn’t expecting the ending/resolution at all so I thought Robin did a really good job of drawing out the suspense with the plot and finishing with an unexpected conclusion.

I also loved the 1930s setting of a girls’ boarding school! This was a solid opening novel to what I can only expect is to be a fantastic, thrilling series! I cannot wait to read all the next books! Also, special shoutout to my friend Amy at Golden Books Girl for encouraging me to begin this series and loving Hazel and Daisy for so long!

4 star MAY